Every day, thousands of pets go missing, but sadly, not all of them are returned to their pet parents. One of the most common reasons for this is a lack of identification. To provide your pet with a permanent form of identification, Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital in Los Angeles recommends microchipping, in addition to a standard collar ID and rabies tag. A microchip can greatly increase the chances of a happy reunion, should your dog or cat ever become separated from you. We are pleased to offer this service to all of our patients.
Implanting a microchip, which is approximately the size of a grain of rice takes less than 3 seconds. Most pets do not even feel the procedure at all! The microchip is safely implanted via a hypodermic needle, just under the surface of the skin near the shoulder blades and requires no surgery or anesthesia.
A microchips sole function is to store a unique ID number that is used to retrieve a pet parent’s contact information stored at the microchip company. An animal shelter or veterinary hospital’s microchip scanner reads the unique ID number and this prompts them to call the microchip company so that the ID number can be matched with the pet parent’s name and phone numbers. The microchip company will then call the owner directly to reunite the pet with pet parent. Los Feliz Small Animal Hospital implants HomeAgain microchips. HomeAgain microchips have reunited over 2 million pets with their owners!
Does it work?According to the Journal of American Veterinary Medicine, a study showed that dogs without microchips were returned to their owners 21.9% of the time while microchipped dogs were returned to their owners 52.2% of the time. Cats without microchips were reunited only 1.8% of the time and cats WITH microchips were returned 38.5% of the time.
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